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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holiday Recap...

Hard to believe the holidays are already over and New Years Eve is upon us - this holiday season has been a complete sleepless blur, but nonetheless one of my favorites so far. It was so fun seeing the spirit of Christmas through Hayes' eyes and I'm really looking forward to the next few years when we have two munchkin believers for Santa to spoil rotten ;-)
Decorating Christmas cookies for Santa...
The finished product!
We had a lovely trip to Scottsdale for an early Christmas with my 'rents. Both boys behaved amazingly well on the 7+ hour drive there and back, with Greyson sleeping the whole time and Hayes busying himself with the ipad or his sticker book. And although Hayzey was fighting off a cold while we were at Nana and Papa's, we were still able to hit the "train store" for some afternoon fun and Mama and Daddy were able to partake in some adult relaxation as well (a much needed massage for moi and an afternoon of golfing for Grant).
Riding the carousel at the trains...
Yep, this about sums it up!
Poor Grey!
How 2 year olds and 6 week olds celebrate Christmas...
Life lessons from Papa...
We headed back to LA on Christmas Eve and arrived just in time for us to write Santa Claus a letter, put the boys to bed, enjoy a last minute thrown together spaghetti bolognese and finish the rest of our Christmas wrapping and toy assembling before turning off the fire (we didn't want Santa to burn his bum!) and turning in for the night. 
Finally got some smiles from this guy!
Christmas morning was a blur of presents galore - Hayes literally tearing through all of them, no matter who's name adorned the outside. We were relieved that Santa Claus brought Hayzey both his scooter and trumpet - as you can see by the videos below, the trumpet was the surprising big ticket item! 

Nini, Pa and Aunt V joined us for the early morning festivities and the rest of the Cohen clan came by a bit later for a late Christmas brunch. Nini whipped up a traditional turkey dinner and we all went to bed happy and full (and exhausted - my limbs literally ached from the day's activities!).
Apparently I wasn't the only one tuckered out from the festivities...

We've spent the past couple of weeks trying to figure out the little man's sleeping habits, or lack thereof. Poor kid seems to have a case of acid reflux, which means that after his middle of the night feeding, he often doesn't go back to sleep. Some nights are better than others, but the sleep deprivation has been pretty brutal, especially since we've all been sick for a portion of the latter half of the month ;-( I've come to rely heavily on my daily cappuccino (made from my new Nespresso - obsessed!) and am trying to nap when I can, although that's easier said than done with a monster toddler to entertain as well! We keep telling ourselves that it's just a phase and one day we shall all sleep again!

Auntie Wee Wee got to town last night and is here through the 2nd. We're happy to have our resident nurse (and lactation consultant - who knew!?) on hand and are excited to ring in the new year with her and some dear friends at a cocktail party at a yummy restaurant tonight. I'm working on my resolutions and will post them early this week. Looking forward to what 2014 will bring - with the baby of the family getting married, there will be lots of quality family time and good reason to celebrate!

Hope you all have a safe and happy new years eve, surrounded by those you love most.

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